Argentina begin their quest for a third World Cup win on Tuesday as they host Saudi Arabia in the day's early kick-off. The much-fancied Argentine side will have plenty of support in the betting and here at freebets.ltd.uk will ensure you have the very best betting tips, free bet offers and match odds from our partners at BoyleSports.
Argentina are currently on a 36-game unbeaten run. If they avoid defeat against Saudi Arabia they'll equal Italy's all-time record of 37 internationals without a loss.
During that incredible unbeaten run, Argentina won the 2021 Copa America, beating Brazil in the final.
Saudi Arabia have shown encouraging form ahead of the World Cup across the border in Qatar. A recent friendly defeat to Croatia was their first loss in eight matches.
In qualifying for the World Cup, Saudi Arabia topped their group ahead of fellow qualifiers, Japan and Australia.
Saudi Arabia topped their qualification group with seven wins, two draws and just one defeat from their ten matches played. Yet, incredibly they scored just twelve times in those ten matches. Scoring goals seems to be a problem for Saudi Arabia, therefore it's not ideal to come up against an Argentina side built on the platform of a rock-solid defence. Argentina have not conceded a single goal in any of their past five internationals and only conceded once in their last eight. Argentina to nil is our bet of the day at 8/15.
At the other end of the pitch, it's all about one man; Lionel Messi. Probably the greatest player never to win a World Cup, Messi will be as determined as ever to right that wrong in what's likely to be his last World Cup.
Messi has scored an astonishing 95 goals for Argentina and was top scorer in their 2021 Copa America win. Messi is just 4/7 to score at any time against Saudi Arabia. There may be better value in backing the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner at 5/2 to score first or even 10/1 for him to score three or more.
In the outright betting, Messi is 7/1 to win a second successive World Cup Player of the Tournament award. He is also priced generously at 10/1 to claim the Golden Boot.
- Argentina: 1/8
- Draw: 15/2
- Saudi Arabia: 22/1
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